Weekly Reflections

Weekly Reflections on Justice are written by the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach staff, volunteers, interns, and visiting Columban Missionaries. We hope these reflections help to guide you on your own spiritual journey working toward justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.

  • Lenten Novena: Berta Caceres: A Laudato Si’ Martyr

    Today we mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of Berta Caceres, a leader of the Lenca people in Honduras and a human rights defender who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. She is among more than 120 people who have been killed in Honduras since 2010 for taking a stand against dams, mines, logging or agriculture on their land –murdered by state forces, security guards or hired assassins. Countless others have been threatened, attacked or imprisoned...

  • Lenten Novena: Ash Wednesday

    The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team developed this novena to invite people of faith to join in solidarity with people, especially indigenous communities, who are courageously speaking out against the impacts of extractive industries. Too many of them have sacrificed their lives to protect water, land and sacred territory. Despite their experience of life-destroying and systemic oppression, they continue to bear witness...

  • Confronting Chaos, Forging Community: Register for Ecumenical Advocacy Days

    Every year, the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach participates in Ecumenical Advocacy Days, a conference in Washington D.C. that brings Christians of all denominations from around the country together to explore issues of justice and peace. This year, the conference will take place from April 21-24 and will tackle the intersectionality of racism, materialism, and militarism through prayer, worship, and advocacy. With the official theme, Confronting Chaos, Forging Community...

  • Signs of the Time: The Good Samaritan and the Good News of Sanctuary

    In the first few weeks since the inauguration of a new president, the new administration has issued Executive Orders to build a wall on the U.S. – Mexico border, to bar refugees from Syria and other Muslim countries from entering the United States, and to cut off federal funding to Sanctuary Cities who seek to support immigrants and refugees, rather than to deport them. A nation of immigrants, and the children and grandchildren of immigrants, anxiously awaits to see whether the President of the United States...

  • From the Hill: The New Administration and Nominations

    The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach bridges Columban communities in the U.S. and around the world and policymakers in Washington, D.C. We work to elevate the Columban perspective and knowledge on issues ranging from international trade to climate change to U.S./Mexico border policy. ‘From The Hill’ recaps the month’s most pressing issues that we’re following! In the last ‘From the Hill’ we looked back on 2016 and its challenges and successes. We ended this reflection with: “In light of the events of 2016....

  • Ash Wednesday: Return to Me with Your Whole Heart

    This is the first part of our seven part Lenten Reflection series with the theme Lenten Tears of Conversion: A Season of Transformation. Listening to Pope Francis’ call at the US—Mexico border to “weep over injustice” and soften our hearts, members of the community, including Columban Fathers, co-workers, interns, volunteers, and short-term missionaries, reflect on how God’s mercy has entered their heart and transformed them. The first reflection is from Scott Wright, Director of the Columban...

  • Lenten Reflection Resources

    Lent begins March 1st with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. A time for spiritual growth, repentance, and self-reflection, Lent allows us time to reflect on how we are living our faith’s call to protect creation and human dignity, and work for justice and peace both individually and structurally. Check out resources put together by our partner organizations, Sisters of Mercy, Maryknoll Office of Global Concern, Pax Christi USA, and the Columban Mission Institute, to help guide you in your Lenten journey...

  • Limitless Love

    In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus makes known his limitless love when he commands us to love everyone, even those it may be difficult to love. You have heard that it was said: You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (MT:38-48). Whenever I come across this passage, I think of our faith’s call to love those our society has cast aside, those deemed “enemies” simply because of the color of their skin, their gender, their...

  • Outlook on the Border from Cristo Rey

    Arms stretched wide, the Cristo Rey’s eyes survey the distance with a mixture of pain and hope. At an elevation of almost a mile, the mountain peak on Sierra de Cristo Rey is already well above its surroundings, but the limestone statue's additional 40 feet of height grants it an omniscient perspective: El Paso marks the end of Texas, and beyond the international border, a trickling Rio Grande, Ciudad Juarez sprawls flat into the beginnings of Mexico. Having just reached the platform at the base of the Cristo Rey, I surveyed the same panorama. I had been invited by...

  • Prayer For Migrants

    For all those who see “home” and all it means Disappear behind them; For all those who cannot see a home In the days ahead of them; For all those who dwell in Daily insecurity; For all those who are weary and Without a safe place to rest their heads; For all families in migration we pray. May the image of the Holy Family Fleeing oppression stay with us as we enter a New Year, And stay with us each night as we are blessed With returning to a home. May we also be blessed With compassion for...

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